‘Pastoral Leadership’



The Church’s Place in Mental Health

America and the world face tremendous challenges in the area of mental health. The church is society’s first responder for mental health. Those were the two main takeaways from yesterday’s summit on mental health. I was both discouraged at the enormity of the problem and encouraged at the opportunity for the church to touch so many hurting […]

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How To Live In An Unbelieving Society

“Christians should stand out like sparkling diamonds against a rough and dark background. We should be poised, cultured, courteous, gracious–but firm in the things that we do and don’t do. We should laugh and be radiant, but we should refuse sinful pleasure”–Billy Graham. “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do […]

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Fear Is a Bully

“Fear is a bully that hounds us until it destroys us. When we give in to our fear, it grows and becomes even more menacing. You must deal with your fear”–Waylon Bailey. “What then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?–Romans 8:31. “If the […]

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How We Pray

“If I throw out a boat hook from the boat, and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God”–E. Stanley Jones. “No man […]

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How I Make Difficult Decisions

Someone famously said: “Either you’re in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or one is brewing and is on its way.” It seems so true doesn’t it? We seem often to be in crisis mode. I remember years ago that Martha and I were dealing with a major church crisis. As the days turned […]

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About Waylon

I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. — Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)